Russian Ambassador: Moscow and Beijing will take measures in response to the US ABM systems in Japan and South Korea

SALEKHARD, July 23. /TASS/. The Republic of Korea and Japan, placing on its territory elements of the us missile defence system (NMD), undermine its own security, as Russia and China are forced to retaliate. This was stated to journalists the Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov.

“Who puts such kind of objects in which, according to our Chinese partners and we pose a threat to our security, in fact, threaten their own security, because you have to take some retaliatory measures, it’s quite obvious,” he said.

In December 2017, the Japanese government adopted the decision on placement in the North and the South-West of the island of Honshu, roughly in 2023, two us Aegis Ashore missile defense systems, which assures Tokyo needs to protect the country against attacks from ballistic and possibly cruise missiles. These complexes will be purchased in the US and will cost about 100 billion yen (about $897 million) each. Russia and China oppose such a building up of missile defence from Tokyo, indicating that this is detrimental to the balance of power in the region.

In June 2016, the South Korean government decided to host the American anti-aircraft missile complex THAAD. Ground-based missile defense system designed to intercept warheads of ballistic missiles in the final stage of the middle section of the trajectory when approaching the target. The pretext for the deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula on a permanent basis, was the opposition to missile and nuclear threat from North Korea.